'Tis the season for urban logging
Sketched Oct. 24, 2012
[Click on sketches to view larger versions]
Bengle spent about three hours perched in that tree. On the way to the top, he trimmed branch after branch, attaching each to a rope and lowering them to his crew below. (The entire treetop then came down in one piece.) On his descent, he sliced the trunk into firewood logs and threw each to the ground with incredible precision.
Bengle, 29, has been climbing trees since he was a kid in Idaho. In college he studied horticulture and now has his own tree-care business. He loves trees, but cutting them is part of his job. In the wrong spot, a tree can become hazardous, he said. With windstorms picking up in the wintertime, "you don't want to have a massive tree next to your house."
You can browse a gallery of sketches and purchase prints.